Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Message from Nancy Cook, Bookkeeper

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?” But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:33-35

We're all familiar with the popular saying, "WWJD" short for "What Would Jesus Do?" It has become a familiar mantra to guide us in Christian living. Perhaps more convicting, however, would be to contemplate WWWD. What would WE do if we were in the presence of Jesus? Would we say the same things? Would we act the same way? Would we engage in the same behavior?

We, not unlike the apostles, feel ashamed when we recall some of our thoughts and actions. Perhaps our aspirations, at times, are self-centered and less than glorifying to God. It is all too easy to get wrapped up in our own busyness and our own struggles, forgetting to put others before ourselves.

In 1 Peter 4:10, Jesus teaches us that it is better to serve than to be served.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10

He also tells us in Matthew 25:35-40 that whatever we do for our Christian brothers and sisters who are in need, we are actually doing for Him. Now that is something awesome to ponder!

Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matt 25:37,40

Serving Jesus involves serving those in need and blessing others as we are blessed. Right here in our Phoenix Christian family, there are numerous opportunities to serve one another and minister to the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of our community. Prayer, words of encouragement, and practical help (meals, hospitality, clothing, financial giving) are some ways we can bless others, serve Jesus, and be blessed. WWWD in the presence of Jesus?

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